Patent Number: 6,170,175

Title: Footwear with internal reinforcement structure

Abstract: Footwear having one or more reinforcement features is disclosed. Footwear having two independent components constructed from a woven material with the strands oriented at specified angles to the plane of the sole of the footwear is disclosed. The footwear may also incorporate a substantially rigid structural collar in the area of the ankle or lower leg. Heel and/or forefoot straps that wrap downwardly and laterally around the heel and/or forefoot may be provided to limit flexing of the ankle and the footwear in a forward or backward direction, respectively. An internal reinforcement structure comprising a plurality of support strips arranged transversely to one another in a criss-cross arrangement is also disclosed.

Inventors: Funk; Douglas (Seattle, WA)


International Classification: A43B 7/14 (20060101); A43B 7/20 (20060101); A43B 5/04 (20060101); A43B 23/00 (20060101); A43B 23/16 (20060101); A43B 007/20 ()

Expiration Date: 01/09/2018